Seed Science Advisory Group        
Chair Alison A. Powell
Vice Brigitte Hamman
Member Birte Boelt
Françoise Corbineau
Malavika Dadlani
Stan Matthews
Manuela Nagel
Alan Taylor
Jane Thomas
Adel Zayed
ECOM liaison officer Leena Pietilä

The Seed Science Advisory Group (SSAG) was formed in 2015, as a new ISTA initiative to further strengthen the Association’s role in seed science, which is a key component of ISTA’s work and one of the aims of the ISTA Strategy. This aim can be achieved by identifying scientific developments with the potential for application in seed testing and initiating coordinated development within ISTA laboratories (ISTA Strategy, 2019 - 2022).

The SSAG is keen to see ISTA being proactive in the development and implementation of ideas for seed quality evaluation that have a sound scientific basis. 

  1. To provide a link between fundamental research and the use of that research to meet the needs of ISTA members.
  2. To appraise evidence for techniques/equipment available for use in seed testing laboratories
  3. To respond to requests from ECOM and TCOM Chairs for advice related to scientific issues.
The way in which these aims will be achieved is outlined in more detail in the document Aims and Objectives of the SSAG.

The SSAG is made up of individuals who have a keen interest in the appropriate application of seed science (Terms of Reference). The members are active applied seed scientists, with a range of research interests and limited involvement with the commercial development of methods for seed quality evaluation (Research interests, Collaborative and commercial links).

The SSAG members are all active within seed science research and seed technology. However, we are unlikely to be aware of all research with potential for use in seed technology, or of all equipment that becomes available for use. We therefore encourage ISTA members and Technical Committees to let us know if they become aware of any developments that might be of interest to SSAG. In addition, observations by seed analysts might also have potential for development towards new seed technology applications, so please do not hesitate to contact any member of the SSAG if you think there may be potential to develop an observation towards a use in seed testing.


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